Sheila E Marches to ‘The Beat of Her Own Drum’ in New Memoir and Dishes on Santana Romance, Prince Reunion and Biopic
By Melissa Castellanos – Sep 05, 2014 06:01 PM EDT
Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Sheila E., also known as Shelia Escovedo, has lived “The Glamorous Life.” She caught the eye of Prince in the late ’70s, played her heart out on the drums and timbales, launched a solo singing career and became a fierce, world-class drummer and percussionist.
She’s worked alongside some of the best in the business, including Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. An actress, mentor, and philanthropist through her Elevate Hope Foundation, Sheila E. is the daughter of the famous Latin jazz musician Pete Escovedo, the goddaughter of the legendary Latin jazz composer Tito Puente….
[S]he’s sharing her story with her fans with the release of her memoir “The Beat of My Own Drum.”
In addition.., Sheila E. released her first album in 13 years, titled “Icon” (Stilettoflats Music). Her first single is “Mona Lisa.”
“The idea to record another solo album was actually spawned while I was writing the autobiography,” recalled Sheila E. in her official bio. “I realized that some of the experiences I was writing about should be songs. That’s when I also began looking back at songs I’d written several years earlier and forgotten about, but whose themes needed to be talked about in the book. Both fed each other.”